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Lighting Your House for the Holidays

lighting-your-house-for-the-holidaysThe holidays are a time when family and friends gather at each other’s homes for nights of eating, drinking and being merry. While the festivities are, of course, of central importance, it is also an ideal time to show off your house to its best advantage.

Here are a few ideas on how to accomplish this task by simply using light:

Highlight a decorated entrance –  The first step in welcoming guests into your home is by creating an inviting entrance with wreaths, garlands and lighting the whole thing with colored bulbs. Not only does it make your house stand out from the others in the neighborhood but it also makes it a whole lot easier for your guests to find. A lighted snowman or other holiday figure by the door will also add to the festive mood.

Add plenty of holiday-themed lights – The more of these decorations, the merrier is our philosophy. For those homeowners who want to add tons of color to their exterior décor, there are any number of differently colored lights that can be used. Simply accentuate a part of the exterior landscape or even create a kaleidoscopic vision on the side of your house. your imagination is the only limit.

Line the walkways with lighted candles – Similarly, a candle-lit walkway also evokes the holiday spirit. In addition, a lighted walkway will safely guide family and guests to the front door of your home.  In the backyard, they are also important as guideposts for leading guests to other holiday decorations dotted around the yard. Use solar-powered walkway lights to make the task as easy. maintenance-free and affordable as possible.

Spotlighting those special decorations – While spotlighting is a great – albeit usually subdued – lighting feature to use during the rest of the year, you can really add a dramatic holiday touch to your home by adding a few more spotlights around the property that highlight your reindeer family on the front lawn, a creche under a secluded bush or some other holiday-themed feature.

Create other focal points – If you are fortunate enough to have a front light post, it makes an excellent place to add some spiral holiday lights. Not everything has to revolve around the holiday, however. Use holiday lights to create a focal point around an existing outdoor art piece, fire pit or other area of interest.  It is an invitation to visit that space for your guests and provides an outdoor meeting place during parties.

Keep the interior lighting subdued – After all the excitement outside, you may think that you should continue the radiant holiday theme into the interior. On the contrary, however, it pays to keep it subdued. In our opinion, your family and guests would rather concentrate on the food and conversation in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

As you can see, there is a multitude of options for lighting your home both inside and out. It takes some thought, time and effort but the results can be truly stunning.

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The Tradition of Carving and Lighting Up Pumpkins

the-tradition-of-carving-and-lighting-up-pumpkinsCarving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is a pretty common traditional across the United States. Most parents start teaching their kids to carve pumpkins when they’re young, and this tradition is continued year after year. Some faces are scary, while other are comical, but candles or battery-powered lights are always placed inside so the pumpkins’ faces light up on Halloween night. How did this unique tradition start, and why is it so popular?

Experts believe that the practice of carving pumpkins can be traced back to the early world. Thousands of years ago, ancient people used to hollow out gourds and use them as lanterns. Later on, in the 1800s, the Irish put a different spin on this practice when they started carving faces into hollowed-out turnips. These carved turnips were meant to ward off evil spirits and the souls of the dead. The Irish called their carved-out turnips jack-o-lanterns, and examples of them can still be seen in museums today.

So, when did the term “jack-o-lantern” begin referring to pumpkins, rather than turnips? Well, that achievement can be credited to the North Americans. It’s thought that the tradition of carving pumpkins began in the 1700s simply because pumpkins were more common and easier to come by in the U.S. and Canada. Their larger size also made them easier to carve than turnips. Still, they were used for the same general purpose: to place on porches to ward off evil spirits on Halloween.

Throughout the 1800s, however, the practice of carving pumpkins began to evolve into more of an entertainment-related endeavor rather than a serious means of protecting souls. Pumpkins were often carved throughout the harvest season, not just on Halloween. Stories from the time speak of children entertaining themselves by carving grotesque faces into gourds and pumpkins.

The practice of pumpkin carving became even more popular when The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving, gained popularity. This scary tale describes how a shattered pumpkin was found next to Ichabod Crane’s hat the night after he runs into the infamous headless horseman. Adaptations of the legend show pictures of the horseman with a carved pumpkin as a head.

There are a number of stories that detail how the term “jack-o-lantern” originated. One version claims that in Old England, “jack-o-lantern” was another name for the mysterious light creatures known as Will o’ the Wisp, and the term slowly evolved to refer to glowing, carved pumpkins instead. An Irish legend claims that a stingy blacksmith named Jack trapped Satan in a tree and carved crosses into the bark, preventing him from coming down. Pumpkins, they say, are carved in honor of Jack the blacksmith and are thus known as jack-o-lanterns.

Over the last century, numerous movies and television shows have depicted children and adults carving pumpkins for Halloween. Jack-o-lanterns have essentially become a symbol of the holiday. Though some still prefer to make them spooky and grotesque, much like the ones the Irish once used to ward off evil spirits, others prefer to make their faces goofy or happy. Today, jack-o-lanterns are more of a symbol of celebration than a means of protecting one’s home.

So, grab your carving tools and your favorite pumpkin, and get ready to carve your masterpiece this Halloween season. Just think, if you had been born a few hundred years sooner, you’d be carving turnips rather than big, orange pumpkins!

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Decorative Lighting

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You might have heard people talking about decorative lighting and how it enhanced their homes inside and out. You might have been intrigued by the idea, but don’t exactly know where to start. So what is exactly decorative lighting? Quickly, decorative lighting enhances any design from traditional to contemporary for both interiors and exteriors of someone’s home using lighting, so it provides a means to decorate your space to show off specifics of your property.

Now that you have the basic definition of decorative lighting, the question now arises, how do you use decorative lighting in your home in a way that redefines your living space? Today, we will be going over this in greater detail.

Indoor Decorative Lighting

Decorating the inside of your home can be an exciting task, particularly when you get to use decorative lighting to add a personal style that you can change up when you want. Here are a few styles of lighting you can use to add to any room in your house.

  • Wall Lights: This type of lighting is typically put above works of art, but thanks to the internet you can use wall lights to create awesome wonders such as 3-D wall lights and peel lights.
  • Recessed Lighting: This type of lighting creates the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is as it focuses light on one area. It’s been a popular trend to put around trim around the ceiling for a dramatic effect.
  • Hanging Lights: Pendant lights or chandeliers fit into this category and they can be used in  variety of ways from elegant and classical to modern. Pendant lights can match any design theme you may have with a variety of options as well.

Outdoor Decorative Lighting

Outdoor lighting not only enhances the beauty of your property, but protects it as well, as a brightly lit home wards off intruders. Outdoor lighting can include:

  • Pathway Lights: These lights create a light glow lighting up sidewalks and pathways. A lot of pathway lights are solar powered, which is an added benefit.
  • Flood Lights: This type of lighting can show off specific flowers, bushes, and trees. Flood lights can be set up to show decorations as well during seasonal occasions.
  • Wall Lights: These lights are usually found in entry ways by the front and rear of your home as well by garage doors.
  • String Lights: Not just popular for the holidays anymore, but is also popular to use to light up fences, entryways, decks, and gazebos virtually any time of the year.

Using decorative lighting is not as complicated as it may seem. You can use decorative lighting both indoors and outdoors in many different styles within different budgets as it’s up to you what you want to do. There are many ideas for decorative lighting that you can use and many ideas that keep on popping up on the internet. What style of decorative lighting will you try in your home today?

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